News and notes from around the interweb:
- When you don’t pay Spirit Airlines enough in fees, Spirit Airlines take the fees from you(r checked luggage) (HT: O.N.)
- Just Saturday service but American Airlines adds to new international destinations from Austin, interestingly Cozumel comes as Southwest is launching the route as well.
.@AmericanAir is launching new year-round nonstop service to Cozumel & Montego Bay, Jamaica! 🎉
✈️Service starts on June 11 & tickets go on sale Monday, Jan. 24 https://t.co/z1wXLK9tpJ
— Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) (@AUStinAirport) January 22, 2022
- People rush onto Southwest planes in order to get their preferred seats. They line up at the gate early in relatively orderly fashion. That lets the airline turn planes more quickly, which is a huge efficiency gain. And lack of assigned seats in advance is great for business travelers because elites and full fare passengers still have priority access to the best seats even when booking or changing flights at the last minute (while on other airlines these seats are usually already taken).
Southwest also earns money selling earlier boarding, the way some airlines earn money selling seat assignments. Yet Southwest could reconsider its open seating policy under its incoming CEO.
Could we one day need to take back up the assigned-seating question? I think we may have to do that,” Jordan said, per Travel Weekly, adding the airline would look at the impact of seat assignments on things like turnaround time and how important it is to business travelers. “Just know this. We are committed to continuing to look at our product, making sure it’s relevant.
- Lufthansa seems close to taking a 40% stake in the ‘new Alitalia’ which of course is always a good investment…
- Man arrested for stealing $1 million from the Panama City airport that was headed to the U.S. to be destroyed. He may have just been an advocate of quantitative easing in the face of Fed tightening, or attempting to defend the U.S. dollar’s seigniorage?
#ÚltimaHora | A través de la Operación Emperador, aprehendimos a un hombre junto a la @PGN_PANAMA, presuntamente vinculado al Robo de más de un millón de dólares, hecho registrado el 6 de octubre de 2021, a la empresa trasnacional de encomiendas DHL. #SinTregua pic.twitter.com/DTKN8EDfJP
— Policía Nacional (@ProtegeryServir) January 21, 2022